Our 2012 Christmas show was held in the beautiful Scarboro United Church. It was based on the the theme of the memories of one of the chorus members of a Christmas holiday on the farm in 1952. Close Encounter and Four Essentials quartets also performed. Our guest performers were Johnny Thorsen and his band. The audience was invited to sing along several times, and joined the chorus in coffee and cookies following the show.
The tradition continued for the Stampede City Chorus celebrating the Christmas Season with a concert that featured some of our favorite carols. The show was held in the theatre at the Glenmore Christian Academy, a location in the deep south of the city, but found to be well worth the drive by those attending the concert. The Stampede City Chorus was joined by chapter quartets Trademark and Close Encounter and by the Chinook Winds Show Chorus. The great acoustics in the theatre and an enthusiastic audience led to a great concert by all performers.
At two shows on March 26, 2011, the Stampede City Chorus brought to the stage the theme "Movies - Music - Magic", a show that includes famous songs from famous movies. The Stampede City Chorus was joined by chapter quartets Trademark, Close Encounter, Collage, and Four Essentials and the show featured the Chinook Winds Show Chorus, directed by Darcy Fraser. The show allowed the chorus and the audience to remember some of those great movies over the years...as they say, "There's No Business Like Show Business".
The Stampede City Chorus presented "An Olde Fashioned Christmas" on December 11 at McDougall United Church. The show used the poem "A Night Before Christmas" to tie together the music presented by the chorus, by the quartets Trademark, Close Encounter, Collage, and Four Essentials, and by our guests for the evening, the Johnny Thorson Trio.
The Stampede City Chorus held it's Annual Show in a new location for 2010. On April 17, 2010 we took over the Martha Cohen Theatre in the Epcor Centre with the guest quartet and International Champions, Acoustix, for our show "Turn Your Radio On". The show featured song over the years that have been made popular by many of our favorite performers. Darcy Fraser brought his talent to the stage as the "radio announcer" for this show and we had our designated hecklers in the audience, James Fellows and Michael Mooney. The show included the quartets Trademark, Close Encounters, and Four Essentials and was directed by Kevin Robertson and Chris van der Baaren.
The 2009 Stampede City Chorus show was held at McDougall United and it featured the Johnny Thorson Trio, the quartets Trademark, Close Encounter, and GOLD, and the Stampede City Chorus.
Every two years, the Adult Recreational Choir Society
invites a number of choirs and choruses to join them for the event known as
Calgary Sings! The Stampede City Chorus, Rev52, Calgary Men's Chorus,
Petro-Canada Choir, Savridi Singers, Chinook Winds Chorus, The Irish Cultural
Society Choir, She's Up to Something, and the host choir, Up To Something. The
quartet Trademark provided some pre-show entertainment and The Heebee Jeebees
served as hosts to keep the show moving along. The response was tremendous to
the Stampede City Chorus with enthusiastic response well after we left the stage
– it was a blast to have an opportunity to sing for people who may have never
heard barbershop-style music.
Since music for the May show was learned well ahead of time,
the chorus travelled to Cochrane to perform for an audience at the Cochrane
RancheHouse. The chorus was joined by Johnny Thorson's trio.
54th Annual Show, the Stampede City Chorus put on Shades of Blue that
includes the “blues” from New Orleans and the Tin Roof Cafe, a trip out under
the Blue Moon, and a bit of cowboy blues. Special guests were the Johnny Thorson
Trio with his famous banjo picking and a trombone and tuba to complement the
sound. The quartets Trademark, Close Encounter, and GOLD sang on the show with
MC-ing by the multi-costumed Darcy Fraser.
The Division III Convention was held in Calgary and hosted
by the Western Hospitality Singers and as always, was as much an event to gather
the barbershop singers from across Alberta as it was to have a contest to allow
choruses and quartets to gauge where they are at. Stampede City Chorus sang Tin
Roof Blues & Wink and a Smile for a combined score of 391, 8 points out of
first place. Trademark and Close Encounter also competed in the quartet contest
– Trademark will be representing Div III at the District Convention in Whistler
in October. Highlight of the Convention was the attendence by Bill Biffle,
Barbershop Harmony Society President, Kevin Kelly, Evergreen District President,
and others from Evergreen District – Kevin had mentioned to Bill that Division
III holds a unique convention that Bill should come see first hand – few other
conventions are held across N.America that have the kind of comradery that is
just expected as part of the experience in Division III.